Cloazepam review

Cloazepam belongs to a group of medicament called benzodiazepine, which includes diazepam or Valium and flurazepam. Cloazepam enhances the effects of the GABA neurotransmitter, inhibiting activity in the brain.

Adults and children with various types of seizures may take Cloazepam such as akinetic, petit mal, and myoclonus seizure. It is also effective for relieving short-term anxiety symptoms. This medicament can be used to complement other medicaments for seizure disorders.

Dosage of Cloazepam depends on the patient. Adults suffering from seizures take 1.5 milligrams three times a day. The dosage can be increased up to 1 milligram daily until the seizures are controlled. For patients with panic disorders the initial dosage is .25 milligrams twice a day. The dosage can be increased up to 1 milligram a day after 3 days.

The most common side effect associated with Cloazepam is sedation. Almost half the patients taking Cloazepam have experienced sedation, while 1/3 of the patients experience dizziness, unsteadiness, and weakness. Other side effects include cephalalgia, difficulty in sleeping, loss of orientation and depression.

Cloazepam can also result in physical dependence typical with all benzodiazepines. Patients who suddenly stopped using the medicament may feel side effects such as insomnia and agitation. Patients who use Cloazepam for a longer period than prescribed by a physician may experience muscle cramping, seizure, vomiting, tremors, and sweating.

Like most antiepileptic medicaments, Cloazepam results in an increased risk of users having a suicidal behavior. Patients who use Cloazepam should balance such risk with the clinical requirement for antiepileptic medicament.

Cloazepam also heightens the effects of medicaments that slow down the brain processes including alcohol, narcotics, and barbiturates.

Pregnant women are discouraged from taking Cloazepam since it has been linked to fetal damage especially in the first few months of the pregnancy. Most doctors discourage pregnant women from taking Cloazepam throughout their pregnancy.

Before taking Cloazepam, patients should inform their doctors if they have any allergy especially to benzodiazepines such as lorazepam and diazepam. Patients with liver illness, glaucoma, medicament dependency, kidney illness, breathing disorder, and mental disorder should divulge their conditions before agreeing to take this medicament.

Taking Cloazepam may make a patient dizzy or drowsy, so one should be cautious when driving or operating machinery. The elderly are also more susceptible to the side effects of Cloazepam including confusion and somnolence.

Cloazepam can have serious negative interactions with sodium oxybate. If a patient is presently taking this medicament, he or she must immediately inform their physician before beginning to take Cloazepam. Patients should also tell their doctors all of the medicaments - whether prescription or non-prescription - that they are taking.

Anti-depressants including fluoxetine, nefazodone, fluvoxamine can also have interactions with Cloazepam. Other medicaments that result in somnolence such as antihistamines, anti-anxiety, and anti-seizure medicaments may interact negatively with Cloazepam.

Cloazepam has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cloazepam

• Molecular formula of cloazepam is C15H10ClN3O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 6-(2-chlorophenyl)-9-nitro-2,5-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undeca-5,8,10,12-tetraen-3-one
• Molecular weight is 315.711 g/mol
Cloazepam available : 0.5mg tablets, 1mg tablets, 2mg tablets

Generic name: Clonazepam

Brand name(s): Antelepsin, Antilepsin, Chlonazepam, Clonazepamum, Clonopin, Iktorivil, Klonopin, Landsen, Rivotril

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